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BPA in pregnant women may cause behavior problems in girls
October 24th, 2011
12:01 AM ET

BPA in pregnant women may cause behavior problems in girls

When pregnant women eat foods that are stored in cans or packing containing BPA, their unborn child's exposure to the chemical could lead to behavioral problems by age 3.

Scientists tested 244 pregnant women and their 3-year-old children for BPA exposure. They found when the mothers' BPA levels were high, the children were more likely to show signs of hyperactivity, anxiety and depression. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, found these behavior problems  in girls – not in boys.

Researchers cannot explain why, but they have seen similar results in other studies. "Our study is consistent with some of the animal studies that say that BPA impacts brain development in monkeys and rodents," explains study author Joe Braun with the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

Bisphenol A or BPA is an industrial chemical used to make hard plastic bottles and re-usable cups. It's also used in the lining of canned foods and beverages including some types of liquid baby formula. BPA also known to be an endocrine disrupter, which means it interferes with how hormones – chemical signals – work in the body. When these signals are blocked or changed, organs may not develop normally.

Braun can't say why boys aren't affected the same way girls are. But he speculates that when expectant mothers ingest BPA, the fetus absorbs the chemical and it may lead to more testosterone in girls,  affecting how their organs develop in utero, which might explain why some girls develop behavioral problems.

Experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics support the research findings and praise the design of the study. "It adds to the growing body of literature that BPA is harmful and it adds weight to the extensive calls for regulating BPA," explains Dr. Jerome Paulson, chair of the AAP's Council on Environmental Health.

The American Chemistry Council, which represents plastics manufacturers, tells CNN it strongly supports research that leads to better scientific understanding of  chemicals. But in a statement, the council adds that "the study released in Pediatrics has significant shortcomings in study design and the conclusions are of unknown relevance to public health. The researchers themselves acknowledge that it had statistical deficiencies, including its small sample size and the potential for the results being due to chance alone."

In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration reviewed available research and concluded that food items containing BPA were safe. In 2010, the FDA changed that assessment somewhat, saying that the "FDA shares the perspective of the National Toxicology Program that recent studies provide reason for some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children."

Large scale studies are now under way to look into the effects of low-dose BPA to give us more definitive answers.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other experts have several suggestions for limiting BPA exposure including:
- Avoid using plastic containers with recycle codes 3 and 7 because they may be made with BPA.
- Reduce your consumption of canned foods; choose fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables instead.
- Use glass containers to heat foods in the microwave, instead of polycarbonate plastic food containers because high temperatures may break down the chemical and increase the chances of BPA entering your food.

Paulson suggests, parents with concerns about BPA check out the website for the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units, a network of research facilities (mostly based at universities), which can provide advice on environmentally related health effects in children.


soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. godott

    The preponderance of scientific evidence is that BPA is unsafe. Why is it still not regulated? Why is it still used in food contacting products? Hello? Wakeup FDA. Do your jobs please.

    October 24, 2011 at 02:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve

      Why? $$$$$$$$$$$$, that's why.

      October 24, 2011 at 02:52 | Report abuse |
    • wally

      the gop wants fewer regulations. the transnationals can regulate themselves. yeah, right.

      October 24, 2011 at 06:27 | Report abuse |
    • mxs

      Be careful what you wish for. What makes you think BPA's replacement won't be even worse?

      October 24, 2011 at 08:09 | Report abuse |
    • Dan, TX

      If BPA is poisonous people won't buy it, the market will regulate it. In the meantime, BPA manufacturers can donate to politician election campaigns to make sure those who don't think the scientific data is conclusive are elected.

      October 24, 2011 at 08:10 | Report abuse |
    • Really Jersey

      Time to go back to glass. Plastics are turning out to be less sustainable by causing health & envoronmental problems.

      October 24, 2011 at 08:43 | Report abuse |
    • Really Jersey

      Sorry about the spelling, that's environmental.

      October 24, 2011 at 08:45 | Report abuse |
    • Wonder Woman

      I wonder about this all the time. My daughter was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma at 5 (muscle cancer). She fought for 3 years and died after amputation, 11 chemo drugs and radiation. I did everything right before and during my pregnancy. I didn't do anything that would put my infant at risk for anything. And yet, this still happened. Why? Should I have not used the microwave at all for anything for her? Should I have not used anything in a plastic container? I wish I knew.
      I think there is something to this and it should be pulled from all markets. But as one of you said, it's always all about the money. When are the health of our children going to finally come first?

      October 24, 2011 at 08:49 | Report abuse |
    • Katlen Stoudt

      Wow. Why's it still used in food contacting products???

      October 24, 2011 at 08:51 | Report abuse |
    • Snod123

      How much is a "great preponderance"? I only ask because the article also conveniently leaves out the actual numbers. How much is a "more likely to show signs of ..."? This is a scare article just like all of the vaccines vs. autism nonsense.

      October 24, 2011 at 08:52 | Report abuse |
    • Barry G.

      You raised a very good point.

      I trust that the answer to your question is corruption. Lobbyists pay off our politicians (both parties), and our politicians work for those who give them money.

      It's been this way, at least, since the administration of Ulysses S. Grant. It's just that today it's done so blatantly, that it's astounding.

      The question is, why are the American people looking the other way, while the lobbyists are corrupting our government?

      October 24, 2011 at 09:29 | Report abuse |
    • nah

      steve: "Why? $$$$$$$$$$$$, that's why."

      Yeah, right. It's "not" regulated because evil corporations want to kill off their customers, that way they have no customers left to buy their products.

      Much less, even a cursory search of BPA regulation would show you that 1) the EPA has recently begun looking into BPA, has called it "concerning", but has concluded, after studying it, that the current levels of BPA use were "safe". 2) Some states (like Maine) have already banned the use of BPA in baby food containers.

      Which pretty much blows a hole in every conspiracy theory on this board, doesn't it?

      October 24, 2011 at 10:55 | Report abuse |
    • nah

      wally: "the gop wants fewer regulations. the transnationals can regulate themselves. yeah, right."

      Hate Conservatives all you want, but misrepresenting their positions really only makes you look foolish.

      What Conservatives are against are ineffective or duplicative regulations that are unnecessary either because the beneficial effects of the regulation are (a) speculative, or (b) entirely minimal.

      You can disagree, but your disagreement with them is going to have to start with you addressing of those points.

      October 24, 2011 at 10:58 | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Because the FDA is too close to the industries it supposedly regulates. Many products that make huge $$$ for those industries should not be allowed, including MSG and aspartame. Stevia is mush safer than aspartame, but the FDA banned it for years to protect the profits of their friends in industry who shower FDA officials with lavish perks. The relationship between the FAA and airlines is similarly corrupt.

      October 24, 2011 at 11:25 | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Not everything needs regulated. People Learn what's what and take matters into your own hands. Your life is your responsibility not anybody else's. Quite frankly, do you want a government telling you want you can and can't do. They can't even handle money and you want them to make highly scientific rules. The avg congressman can't even change his own flat tire.

      October 24, 2011 at 12:42 | Report abuse |
  2. bluesky

    The US FDA is not protecting the public. It is time that we banned this substance. I agree with godott: FDA, do your job.

    October 24, 2011 at 02:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve the Pirate

      Agreed. Remember when the Canadian government banned BPA? Remember when the ever corrupt FDA immediately said they were being over cautious and that BPA levels were "acceptable?"
      The FDA has always been the tool of money to get public acceptance of things that we would normally be worried about as unhealthy.

      October 24, 2011 at 04:38 | Report abuse |
    • Dara

      Yes, time to start moving away from plastic in general. Scary scary stuff.

      October 24, 2011 at 09:32 | Report abuse |
    • nah

      steve: 'remember when the ever corrupt FDA said they were being "cautious"?'

      So you'd rather they had a knee-jerk reaction instead?

      That's smart.

      Much less, even a cursory search of BPA regulation would show you that 1) the EPA has recently begun looking more closely into BPA, 2) they've called BPA "concerning" but have concluded, after studying it, that the current levels of BPA use are apparently "safe", and 3) some states (like Maine) have already banned the use of BPA in baby food containers.

      Which pretty much blows a hole in every conspiracy theory on this board, doesn't it?

      October 24, 2011 at 11:41 | Report abuse |
    • @nah

      got stock in BPA?

      October 24, 2011 at 12:02 | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Learn about the world around you. Protect yourself, don't give it up to the FDA or any other government or group.

      October 24, 2011 at 12:43 | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      I will make my own mind up. I don't need "protection" just give me the data and let me decide !

      October 24, 2011 at 12:45 | Report abuse |
  3. Ambrogino

    Simply put, too much money involed in plastics and the financial impact alone will scare politicians. Not to mention the fact that their lobbies will refute any and all evidence that states BPA is harmful. Don't beleive me it states so in the article.

    Why do you think the Ocupy Wall Street protestors are there and their message is somewhat incoherent? Because Business has had the keys to the country for so long and fixing this country is not just one issue alone.

    October 24, 2011 at 02:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. seth

    Someone needs to make a list of things that are safe, I am sure it will be much shorter and easier to do than a list of unsafe products!!!!!!!

    October 24, 2011 at 02:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Michael M.

      Safe from BPA:
      -Any metallic container (watch out for lead).
      -Any glass container (boro-silicate or otherwise).
      -Any plastic not containing BPA (usually labeled).

      Unsafe:
      -Heating any plastic in the microwave.
      -Plastics containing BPA (usually your cheap or clear stuff).
      -Canned foods that have what looks like a thin layer of wax on the inside (it's plastic).

      October 24, 2011 at 09:19 | Report abuse |
    • TruthHurts

      Nearly ALL cans contain BPA. Even the ones that state "BPA free" may be using a plastic additive that is EVEN WORSE!

      October 24, 2011 at 11:59 | Report abuse |
  5. askmehow

    So this is the cause of Autism.

    October 24, 2011 at 05:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amber

      Could be. They haven't come up with any other explanations. And the studies done always give a slant to who is funding the study. Lovely world we live in. I'm loading up on glass containers even though it's probably too late. My kid has these behavioral problems and it's probably my fault for not knowing, even though I avoided 3 and 7. WTG, blame the consumer always!

      October 24, 2011 at 05:51 | Report abuse |
    • Kim H

      BPA's did not cause the original upsurge in autism as it wasn't commonly around and used then.

      October 24, 2011 at 08:18 | Report abuse |
    • Rene

      Vitamin d deficiency is a more likely candidate.... We evolved outdoors. Now when we do venture out, we are all slathered in sunscreen. And compliance to sunscreen use rises with higher educational attainment, perhaps explaining the autism clusters. BPA should certainly not be in contact with food. It does a million other bad things to us too. I suggest you look into to the Environmental working group. They are politically active group truing to get lawmakers informed about dangers of bpa.

      October 24, 2011 at 08:25 | Report abuse |
    • sr4120

      I wish Autism could be explained by one simple answer, such as lack of Vitamin D. Autism is complex – it effects all children differently and there are different causes. Unlike taking supplements of folic acid to prevent spina bifida, taking Vitamin D supplements can to guarantee a child will not have Autism. I believe genetics, exposures to chemicals and other environmental factors contribute to the causes of Autism.

      If anything this current study shows us is that the "crap" we eat not only effects our bodies but that of our off spring.

      October 24, 2011 at 09:01 | Report abuse |
    • RA

      Folic acid is not a cure for spina bifida defects. Unfortunately the cause of spina bifida is complex and multifactorial, just like autism. Taking folic acid can reduce your risk, but not eliminate it completely.

      October 24, 2011 at 13:15 | Report abuse |
    • Really Jersey

      Sure Rene, lets all spend lots of time in the sun. My father died of melanoma from sun exposure. I have vitamin D deficiency from avoiding the sun like a vampire, yet I have also given birth to 6 healthy children. It is unlikely that a lack of vitamin D is the "cause" of autism. For centuries, people avoided the sun, long before autism became so prevalent. Scientific studies point to both parent's ages & heredity as risk factors. I think right now it would be appropriate to stick to the current topic, about the effects of BPA in plastics, rather than starting new autism myths. The last one cost us dearly.

      October 24, 2011 at 15:42 | Report abuse |
    • abbyful

      Really Jersey, I'm sorry to hear about your father. But weighing the pros and cons, getting a little sun is still the "healthiest" option. Read "The Healing Sun" by Richard Hobday PhD.

      October 25, 2011 at 12:36 | Report abuse |
  6. RocketScientist

    Don't have kids, problem solved!

    October 24, 2011 at 05:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • rose

      Unfortunately, I think is is true.

      October 24, 2011 at 08:08 | Report abuse |
    • TruthHurts

      BPA affects YOU too...idiot!!!!

      October 24, 2011 at 12:01 | Report abuse |
  7. Alex

    The industry should just move away from it. Whether or not it is scientifically true that BPA is dangerous is irrelevant (and this study doesn't prove it conclusively). Perception is all that matters in the market.

    October 24, 2011 at 06:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. wally

    exempt from regulation are the 500 "proprietary" chemicals used in fracking. thanks to dick cheney. the clean air act was also waived.
    avoid processed foods and buy locally grown.

    October 24, 2011 at 06:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jason

    VALSPAR....VALSPAR.....VALSPAR...VALSPAR....VALSPAR !!!

    They not only produce paints but is an INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION which is one of THEE main producers of can coatings which contain BPA.

    October 24, 2011 at 07:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. gabser

    smoke a good one....no more depression!!

    October 24, 2011 at 07:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Richard

      Cannabis: Potent Anti-Depressant In Low Doses, Worsens Depression At High Doses

      ScienceDaily (Oct. 23, 2007) — A new neurobiological study has found that a synthetic form of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, is an effective anti-depressant at low doses. However, at higher doses, the effect reverses itself and can actually worsen depression and other psychiatric conditions like psychosis.

      October 24, 2011 at 08:29 | Report abuse |
    • NoMoreLabels

      @ Richard

      Key word–synthetic. Researchers get hired by pharma companies to do this research. Pharma companies don't want anything pure to become legalized because that takes $ out of their pockets. Of course they are going to say that 'low doses' aid depression and high doses do not because that implies that control by them is needed.

      October 24, 2011 at 09:15 | Report abuse |
    • Apocrypha

      Labels – the key word is 'synthetic' because it's a synthetic cannabinoid. It's not the same compound as found in the plant itself. You actually have to make the molecule in a lab – this has nothing to do with "Big Pharma's" quest to separate you from your money.

      October 24, 2011 at 11:08 | Report abuse |
  11. Kaelinda

    So BPA affects monkeys, rodents and girls. Maybe a deeper look into the matter is what's needed.

    October 24, 2011 at 07:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Kaelinda

    Maybe we should just ban the FDA?

    October 24, 2011 at 07:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • NoMoreLabels

      Great idea but it'll never happen because Big Pharma now controls the FDA. The FDA manipulates research routinely because they have they have their hands deep into Big Pharma's pockets.

      October 24, 2011 at 09:19 | Report abuse |
  13. rose

    DEREGULATION!! The government is too much in the face of business. They won't hurt us! They love us! Let them do what they want and make as muchmoney as they want and use as many toxic chemicals as they want! Just as long as they make money, all is well!!!!!!

    October 24, 2011 at 08:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SoSueMe

      It's insane, isn't it?

      October 24, 2011 at 09:11 | Report abuse |
    • Viola

      I have a Sigg bottle I use and a Kleen Kanteen one as well. I too have Sigg toltbes for my toddler and Born Free sippy cups for my baby. I also wonder what the next problem with plastic will be. That is why I want both of them to use glass and their Sigg water toltbes as soon as possible. I'm also looking at getting rid of (FINALLY) all my tupperware type food storage and buying glassware instead. Thanks for your comments! This stuff can be endlessly frustrating, I know. Outdoors I take a sigg or a kleen kanteen, even though they don't hold as much water as a Nalgene does.

      March 4, 2012 at 07:29 | Report abuse |
  14. Kim H

    I just saw the report on tv, and was upset when Autism was referred to as a "behavior problem". Autism is not a "behavior problem", and if it is linked to bpa's, is a much bigger story.

    October 24, 2011 at 08:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Richard

      Yeah, like autism was linked to vaccinations. Do the New Age, science-illiterate losers ever give up making fools of themselves?

      October 24, 2011 at 08:20 | Report abuse |
    • paganguy

      Yes, every "behavioral problem" has a physical cause.

      October 24, 2011 at 12:25 | Report abuse |
    • God

      It's linked to something. Chemicals are a good place to start looking. Why else is it going off the charts in recent years. I hope you get to experience Autism first hand some day. Maybe you will change your lame tune.

      October 24, 2011 at 12:58 | Report abuse |
    • Really Jersey

      The diagnosis rate soared after they broadened the symptom list for autism. That allows the doctors who are eager to treat your child for autism the ability to make more money off your family. After all those same parents believed those doctors when they were over diagnosing ADD & ADHD for relatively minor behavioral problems. With years of powerful drugs used on them I would be surprised if those kids were without symptoms now.The new improved guidelines shove the misdiagnosed kids right back into the hands of these people for more drug treatments & therapies.

      October 24, 2011 at 16:17 | Report abuse |
  15. anna14

    The FDA has also allowed soy in all of its forms to be put in about any processed food on the shelf. Studies show this may be having a deleterious effects on thyroid function, and therefore all our immunity and metabolism functions in the body have been affected.

    October 24, 2011 at 08:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • NoMoreLabels

      Same with corn products. And the FDA is standing by to approve any medications that can be made to aid illnesses that result from such exposure. They benefit from both sides.

      October 24, 2011 at 09:21 | Report abuse |
  16. valerie emerson

    good greif, info on this came out over 20 yrs ago, BPA the lining in can goods and used in other plastic made items give off a artificle female hormone, a Canadien resurcher released her findings years ago and warned the world, did any one listen? she told people, any one of child bareing years, to buy their food packed in glass or other none plastic containers. and why when she told the world her findings, did the food and drug admin of the USA still allowe this product to still be used? why do we have a food and drug admin? its apearent we pay them to sit on their butts and do nothing to protect us! America wake up!

    October 24, 2011 at 08:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SoSueMe

      Because the people in those government positions are pharmaceutical/plastics industry executives who moved over into politics to protect their interests. Michael R. Taylor is the Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the FDA. He was a Monsanto executive for over 25 years. There are plenty of examples like this one. It is disgusting.

      October 24, 2011 at 09:17 | Report abuse |
    • NoMoreLabels

      Great point SoSueMe. And Monsanto is driving farmers to gather under their umbrella because pure farming is becoming obsolete. Monsanto is a company in the genetically modified food industry. They 'allow' farmers to buy seed/herbicide on credit but if the crop fails, they (Monsanto) own the farm. The farmer has to use their brand of herbicide because the plant is herbicide-specific. If the plant lands on surrounding property, the farmer as well as the surrounding property owner can and are held accountable–sued.

      October 24, 2011 at 09:32 | Report abuse |
  17. Joshua Ludd

    Well, its made from petroleum... which we have long known has numerous health risks associated with it... so it comes as zero surprise. Now that we know for sure, lets finally and quickly do something about it.

    October 24, 2011 at 08:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. concernedp

    My husband works at a chemical plant that manufactures BPA and did at the time my daughter was conceived. She has diagnosed behavioral issues, none of which were present with our first child, a male who was born prior to my husband's employment at this plant. Any correlation??

    October 24, 2011 at 09:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • OldGoat

      Sounds like a coincidence.

      October 24, 2011 at 12:40 | Report abuse |
  19. Reality Check

    BPA is found when Polycarbonate (PC) type plastic is heated. FYI.. the vast majority of plastics used in food are NOT PC it is polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) & (PET). PC is a very expensive type of plastic & used only in high durability environments. Please look at the code on the bottom of the container to determine if it "may" contain BPA. Don't panic folks, just make an effort to learn the difference.

    October 24, 2011 at 09:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sam

      BPA is found in all canned foods in the U.S. (with the exception of a few cans of beans from Eden Organic). Most Americans get their BPA from canned foods, whose cans are lined with petroleum-lined plastic.

      The exposure to BPA from canned food "is far more extensive" than from plastic bottles, said Shanna Swan, a professor and researcher at the University of Rochester in New York. "It's particularly concerning when it's lining infant formula cans."

      October 24, 2011 at 13:17 | Report abuse |
  20. SoSueMe

    I remember a story on 60 Minutes over 30 years ago regarding chemicals leaching from baby bottle nip ples directly into babies' bodies. It had already been identified as an estrogen mimic back then. I am grateful to 60 Minutes running that story, because when I had a baby many years later, I did not use baby bottles and restricted the plastics he was exposed to. This information has been suppressed by the many industry executives that have infiltrated our government. Why is a Monsanto executive in the topmost echelons of the FDA?

    October 24, 2011 at 09:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • paganguy

      Why? because most of our elected offiicials ara LAWYERS. Lawyers are in the Judicial branch, lawyers are in the legislative branch and most of our presidents are lawyers.

      October 24, 2011 at 12:35 | Report abuse |
  21. Taj

    This study mentioned in this study is questionable - and possibly fraught with error. There has been previous studies that have shown that Bisphenol A affects boys, too. In boys, BPA and phthalates can cause malformed genitalia, testosterone reduction, and reproductive problems later in life.

    October 24, 2011 at 09:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Taj

    I apologize for the previous post. There were some typographical errors in my original post. I meant to write, "The study mentioned in this story is questionable ..."

    I also have a theory as to why girls who have been exposed to BPA display behavioral problems while boys do not. Joe Braun, the study's author, supposes that BPA increases testosterone production in girls while past studies have shown that it reduces testosterone production in boys. If behavioral problems are greater in persons with higher levels of testosterone, that might explain why girls exposed to BPA exhibit behavioral problems while boys exposed do not. Simply put, it appears BPA seems to be increasing testosterone production in girls while decreasing it in boys - "masculinizing" girls and "feminizing" boys. Go figure.

    October 24, 2011 at 10:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shakil

      Wonderful blog! I definitely love how it's easy on my eyes and also the oiifrmatnon are well written. I am wondering how I may be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your rss feed which need to do the trick! Have a nice day!

      March 4, 2012 at 12:11 | Report abuse |
  23. ES71

    it is beter be safe than sorry. If you are planning to have a child avoid plastics as much as possible.
    I am sure eventually researchers will find out that autism, cancer and many other illnesses exploding in this centuiry are related to our use of chemicals and plastics. Industrial chemicals are everywhere in our enviornment. It is impossible toavoid them completely.

    October 24, 2011 at 10:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Yeahhhhhhhh

    A scientific study of only 244 people is about as worthless as it gets. I agree that BPA is harmful, but this study proves nothing, why don't the editors publish some of the more extensive studies??

    October 24, 2011 at 10:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Mark

    I've followed BPA research for awhile now. There are 2 types of BPA (bis-DMA and bis-GMA). bis-DMA is considered safe while the other is not. This study only had 244 participants, which is a very very small study. That isn't enough to really even make it scientifically sound. They now need to see if they get the same results following thousands or tens of thousands of mothers studying both types of BPA.

    October 24, 2011 at 10:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • paganguy

      Right, you want to poison 100,000 kids to satisfy your curiosity and doubts. Chemicals are not good for you.

      October 24, 2011 at 12:39 | Report abuse |
  26. Hotstuff

    Use glass containers ... higher cost of transportation & emissions from substantially more fuel burned in deliver + cost of cleaning.
    Use Aluminum containers ... Studies show exposure leads to Alzheimer's, higher cost of transport & emissions again.
    Glass, Aluminum or Plastics ... none are "biodegradable" with plastics being the most easily recyclable with the least overall environmental impact. Choose the one you believe is the lesser of the "evils" to your lifestyle.

    October 24, 2011 at 10:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • paganguy

      Glass is sand. Totally recycleable. Though watch for lead content in cut crystals.

      October 24, 2011 at 12:42 | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      Pagenguy, 1st glass is not just sand, there are chemicals & colorants. All 3 of them are recyclable. Plastic is the easiest to recycle with the least amount of envioromental impact to water, air & ground. Glass is the worst based on the weight & subsequent transportation costs. Compared to plastics, the amount of heat alone required to recycle glass (3.5x's) or aluminum (4x's) is wastefull.

      October 24, 2011 at 14:49 | Report abuse |
    • Really Jersey

      Lets start talking about the fact that large amounts of plastic never get recycled. Shopping bags, & plastics incorporated into non plastic containers are an environmental nightmare for wildlife. Glass is inert, as well as recyclable, & does not emit poisonous fumes during recycling like plastics. Your points seem to be based upon cost rather than health or environment. Just saying.

      October 24, 2011 at 16:34 | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      Really Jersey, many plastics are inert as well like HDPE, PP & LDPE.
      As for the NOT recycled plastics ... that's a PEOPLE problem not a plastics problem. BTW glass & aluminum cause problems for animals too.
      During recycling any poisinous fumes you're referring to are given off during the heating process from the heat source. Poison gases from plastics are given off during a "burning" process.
      Point is ... look at the big picture overall & be fair in your asessment of all materials, it's in all our best interests to be educated in the facts only & not propaganda.

      October 25, 2011 at 10:53 | Report abuse |
  27. Mr. Mittness

    When DDT was being sprayed all over his class full of children at recess, my grandfather (who was a school teacher) decided to run for office. He did and was elected. One of the first things he did was write the 1st ban on DDT. The company that produced that chemical tried desperately to "pay him off". So much so, that after he refused the money, he worried about what they might do to him or his family. TOO BAD NONE OF TODAY'S POLITICIANS HAVE THE GUTS TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT! LET'S BAN BPA!!!!

    October 24, 2011 at 11:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Mr. Mittness

    A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    October 24, 2011 at 11:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • OldGoat

      And you point is...?

      October 24, 2011 at 12:44 | Report abuse |
  29. ken

    All scientific studies of BPA, even studies in the EU where the precautionary principle applies, have shown BPA safe! This study, if you want to believe the researchers, also says that BPA helps boys! Yes, HELPS! In actuality, the statistical significance of the correlation is zip! ZERO! No real scientist would accept the insane conclusion! Anyone who took a statistics course would laugh these researchers out of town! And beat the news journalist with a baseball bat for spreading lies! One of these days, some lawyer is going to file a malpractice suit against the news media for negligence in reporting health issues. News journalists will then need malpractice insurance! I pity the people who believe the news. I treasure the teachers of my kids who taught them in grade school to never cite a news source to support a fact!

    October 24, 2011 at 11:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Religious sects

      So true. The "news" media preys on the sheep who'll believe anything reported. Sheeple don't educate themselves or check facts & therefore their blind ignorance leads them. The news media is the most evil of the evil corporations in the fact that they concoct stories to feed off the fears of the ignorant in an attempt to increase profits relying on an outdated belief that the news media is honest, fair & balanced.

      October 24, 2011 at 12:07 | Report abuse |
  30. Pat

    Just to recap the government's position,
    BPA is safe, in spite of the preponderance of evidence indicating harmful usage, and
    cannabis is lethal, in spite of the preponderance of evidence indicating safe usage.

    October 24, 2011 at 12:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Skeptic

      Pat, I think (when you're not high) you may need to look up "preponderance" ... just sayin'

      October 24, 2011 at 12:18 | Report abuse |
  31. T3chsupport

    How do you tell the difference between BPA induced behavioral issues, and being a 3 year old? My 3 year old was a holy terror, way worse than any 2 year old. He was cool by 4.

    October 24, 2011 at 12:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ayundia

      djmaster69 on October 24, 2011 I just got my iPad 2 and I am toltaly blown away. My MacBook pro is sitting in the corner and I haven not missed a beat Glad I haven not bought it and got it For FREE, my cousin received his ipad 2 for free too lol. The web address, if I remember correctly, was: freeipad2giveaways.info

      March 5, 2012 at 21:46 | Report abuse |
  32. fedup

    FDA do your job and ban it from food containers. If they don't they should all be brought up on charges of endangerment.

    October 24, 2011 at 12:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. go glass!

    I've recently started purchasing all glass and stainless steel products to store food because of the concerns linked to BPA. http://www.LiveESP.com is where I've gotten my stuff. Their site also had a lot of valuable information for me! Hope others reading this can benefit as well!

    October 24, 2011 at 13:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. James Brenner

    The negative effects of bisphenol-A on body weight, reproductive health, developing brains were published nearly 30 years ago!

    The corrupt, contemptible clown act known as the FDA continues its pretense as guardian of public health while it deflects, defuses, and muddles the truth.

    The complicit mainstream media CONTINUES to willingly misinform and bury critical information necessary for people to make informed choices. Yet it puts a high priority on nonsensical celebrity gossip and non-news so that people can be informed about Lindsay Lohan, Tim Tebow, or who was cut from Dancing with the Stars.

    People's only saving grace will be to find alternative news sources such as "infowars" in order to be better informed and to realize that in no way is the government capable of protecting our health.

    October 24, 2011 at 13:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Martina

      I like your post and 100% agree!

      October 27, 2011 at 11:11 | Report abuse |
  35. Really Jersey

    Parents can change what the industry offers them by purchasing food in glass containers as much as possible & shunning plastics. Lack of demand will lead to change. A smart entrepreneur has a commitment to customer satisfaction.

    October 24, 2011 at 16:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. silvercoin

    would it be only BPA? Every medication we are taking affects our baby by being built up inside. How many girls taking birthcontrol pill without knowing they're pregnant? Then now the age got lower and lower..so many teens are taking birth control pills every day as if daily vitamins..we are polluting our body with all those medications and chemicals..not known why the number of gays are increasing yet?? yet?? my eyes roll.

    October 26, 2011 at 14:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Martina

    So, I just bought 30 piece set of Rubbermaid containers including lids. Box says BPA FREE – Does not contain Bisphenol-A. I liked it because it included 4oz containers which I wanted to use for baby food!! Well well, those BPA FREE containers have recycle code #7!!! DO NOT RELAY ON BPA FREE STICKERS, CHECK FOR CODES! Especially if you using containers for your children. These containers were Designed in USA and MADE in Malaysia. Now I'm more aware and using real BPA FREE containers, preferably US made.
    Way too much plastic is used everywhere and in everything! Not good for environment, not good for health! Paper or glass was much better way to go! When i was growing up, even milk and yoghurts were sold in glass. All sodas, lemonades, and mineral water in glass, meat, cheese and fish was wrapped in paper! Baked goods in paper bags, veggies and fruits in net bags. Our planet will be destroyed by us! Makes me very sad for our children and their children...

    October 27, 2011 at 10:53 | Report abuse | Reply
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